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Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

Cabot SPR appeal: A welcome outcome for unsecured lenders in Scotland

Walker Morris partner Rob Aberdein explains an appeal allowed by the Sheriff Appeal Court which clarifies that the “interventionist and problem-solving approach” required of sheriffs under the new Simple Procedure Rules Simple Procedure Rules (SPR) for low value claims does not extend to undefended claims.  The appeal concerned a number of test cases and will […]

Industry responds to SME access to the FOS

The FCA last week published a suite of responses it has received to a consultation paper (CP18/3) released in January this year setting out the FCA’s proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to open the FOS complaints resolution process to small businesses (SMEs). The fourteen responses published come from a […]

Cyber security, separation and self-protection online

Social media has many benefits, enabling us to keep in touch with old and new friends alike, sharing special moments with ‘followers’, organising events or tracking exercise progress. However, there is a dark side to the web.  Every click, post or search adds to your very own digital footprint, this leaves everyone vulnerable to exploitation. […]

Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

The Romanian Parliament recently approved the Law on the Amendment and Completion of the Accounting Law No. 82/1991, Amendment and Completion of the Companies Law No. 31/1990 and Amendment and Completion of Law No. 1/2005, on the organisation and functioning of cooperative companies. Before entering into force, the law will have to be promulgated by […]

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Banking star in shock return to previous site of thwarted partner ambitions. By Gavriel Hollander They say you should never go back, but Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer banking partner Chris Howard’s unexpected move back to his old stamping ground of ­Linklaters is proof that perhaps ’they’ are not always right. Last week’s news sent shockwaves through […]

Herbies’ Irish jig

It’s a big week for outsourcing, what with CMS Cameron McKenna kicking off its plans yesterday (see story). And it’s a big week for the island of Ireland, what with, well, you know… So hat’s off to Herbert Smith, which has nailed the news agenda in the face by combining the two and opening a […]

Freshfields names new global tax head

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has named London-based partner Colin Hargreaves as head of its global tax group. Hargreaves’ appointment, which will take effect from January, comes after previous tax chief Stephan Eilers was made executive partner in a new three-man management team at the magic circle firm. Coporate partner Will Lawes was elected senior partner while […]

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Simmons’ turnover falls during first half of 2010-11

Simmons & Simmons has posted a three per cent drop in income for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year. The firm brought in £117.7m over the period, down from just over £120m for the comparable period last year (9 November 2009). At the same time Simmons reported a 27 per cent rise […]

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